Impressum

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The German-language Wikipedia has its own Impressum. There is no equivalent for the English-language Wikipedia.

An Impressum (Latin "printed", from imprimĕre "to print") is the term given to a legally mandated statement of the ownership and authorship of a document, which must be included in books, newspapers, magazines[1] and websites[2] published in Germany and certain other German-speaking countries, such as Austria and Switzerland.

There is no equivalent legislation in English-speaking countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States, and therefore no consistent legal term is used in English-language media. The closest English terms for Impressum are:

None of these terms is an exact replacement in all contexts. The terms "masthead" and "colophon" apply to printed publications only and are not commonly used on English-language websites, while "site notice" is website-specific and "legal notice" or "legal disclosure" are rarely found in printed works. An "imprint" in publishing may also mean a brand name under which a work is published,[6] and so may not be understood to mean an Impressum.

Webpages[edit]

The Telemediengesetz ("Telemedia Act") requires that German websites must disclose information about the publisher, including their name and address, telephone number or e-mail address, trade registry number, VAT number, and other information depending on the type of company.[7] German websites are defined as being published by individuals or organisations that are based in Germany, so an Impressum is required regardless of whether a site is in the .de domain.

This law has created privacy concerns for individuals who maintain blogs or personal homepages.[8][9][10] The law has also caused lawyers to scrutinise websites for this information and send cease-and-desist letters to their maintainers in case it is missing.[11] Due to this law Facebook has added a section in the public page settings for adding Impressum.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Presserecht". Wikipedia Deutsch. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Telemediengesetz". Wikipedia Deutsch. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Duden: "(Buchw.): Vermerk über Verleger, Drucker, auch Redaktionen u.a. in Büchern, Zeitungen u. Zeitschriften"
  4. ^ "Printer’s Imprint Act 1961". legislation.gov.uk. The National Archives. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Printers Imprint" (MICROSOFT WORD). britishprint.com. British Printing Industries Federation. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "English definition of “imprint”". Cambridge Dictionaries Online. Cambridge University Press. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Telemediengesetz (TMG) § 5 Allgemeine Informationspflichten". gesetze-im-internet.de. Bundesministerium der Justiz und für Verbraucherschutz. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  8. ^ pmkpmk. "Legally required "Webimpressum" (Web Imprint) in Germany". WebmasterWorld. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  9. ^ Kirsten. "To the webmasters here: Do you post an imprint/impressum?". Pet of the Day. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  10. ^ afghancalendar. "Savannah project => German law, "Impressum" (imprint) necessary?". lists.gnu.org. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  11. ^ MMarks. "U.S. comment on ‘Impressum’/German lawyers’ cease and desist hunt". Transblawg. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  12. ^ "How do I add an Impressum to my Page?". Facebook. Retrieved 28 April 2015.